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Frozen Teardrop: The Tragedy and Triumph of Figure Skating's "Queen of Spin" Paperback – Mar 30 2012

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About the Author

One of the most gifted and revered figure-skaters of all time, Lucinda Ruh was twice named "Most Influential Person in the World of Figure-Skating" by International Figure-Skating Magazine and she remains the World Guinness record holder for the longest spin on ice. She is dubbed Queen of Spin and known as the fastest spinner on ice ever.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Repression and denial. April 12 2012
By Nancy G - Published on
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I am very puzzled by the reviews of this book here. While she did lead a horrendous life offstage, and is honest about it, this book is full of moralising. It seems to be all about repressing any hint of anger, at all costs. It is full of denial.
I don't understand how she can consider her mother so perfect and wonderful and free of all blame, when she was abusing her child emotionally and physically, and denying her illness to the extent that it was impossible for her to heal, for many years.
Does she really believe that everything was all her own fault, though she had started in figure skating at the age of four, and was rigidly controlled ever since?
I'm not saying that she shouldn't forgive, it's good that she did, but she seems to have taken all the blame on herself, and refuses to acknowledge any anger or negative emotions toward her abusive and controlling mother at any time.
Not only that, but she keeps telling the reader how to feel, or rather how not to feel. Telling us from the very start that we're not to feel any anger at any time towards anyone.
Expressing anger (without trying to hurt anyone) can be a good thing. You can become very depressed from repressed anger.
I'm not saying you shouldn't read this if you're interested in the inner world of figure skating. It gave me some interesting insights, and yes, it did make me angry, and I own that anger.
I'm glad she finally got well, and I hope she can stay well.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful, but troubling May 31 2012
By bagelpuss - Published on
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This is a beautifully written memoir by one of my favorite skaters. It's full of thoughtful insight and wisdom about growing up in the world of competitive skating and all the dangers and privileges associated with it. Ruh has clearly learned from her struggles and has a lot of wisdom to impart, but I find myself agreeing with another reviewer that she also seems to cling to the illusion that to forgive means to forgo anger. She describes the pain and betrayal she feels from the many people who wronged her (including her mother), but never really gives herself permission to vent her anger. Although she has clearly taken the time to reflect on her experiences and learn from them, I have to wonder if she's still somewhat in denial.

That being said, this book is a must-read for serious skating fans and especially for fans of Ruh. There's much more here than just a description of a competitive career. I would also highly recommend this to all young female athletes, not just as a cautionary tale, but as a lesson to listen to your body and yourself first.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A startling page-turner Dec 4 2011
By K. Canaan - Published on
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Whether you're familiar with the figure skating world or not, the stories and events detailed in this book will shock, sadden, and inspire you. Lucinda wrote this book herself and describes her life in great detail, taking you, the reader, through all the ups and downs with her. She takes a unique approach in which she names no names in the book (though if you're a big skating fan, you'll know who most of the people are that she refers to). From enduring physical and metal abuse and injuries to having a favorite coach taken away from her, there seems to be more tragedies in her life than triumphs, yet she keeps a positive outlook throughout the whole book and you come away feeling inspired and in awe. A definite must-read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Triumphant Success! Inspirational! Jan. 20 2012
By Gogoco - Published on
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When I received "Frozen Teardrop" I had no idea what a ride I was in for! This is an amazing chronicle of a very young and gifted dancer/figure skater who had to choose which path she would follow. She dedicated her life to figure skating, please note this is not a book for figure skating affectionados but a book for anyone looking to read a jaw dropping story of a girl who had MANY obstacles to overcome and tells her story in such a compelling way that you can't put her book down! Having a love of foreign cultures, I enjoyed her stories about her parents fascinating world journeys, how Lucinda experienced so many different cultures while she trained in France, Japan, Switzerland, China (especially China), Russia, Canada and the US. Her firsthand account of 9/11 was particularly moving, she was living in the epicenter of disaster. Her intimate recollection of the devastation that hit NY is an amazing report of what it felt like to live through such a tragic historic time. During her journey Lucinda suffered physical & mental abuse that would have rendered most people useless but in the end Lucinda has experienced more than anyone could have ever imagined and lives to tell us her amazing story! This is a trip well worth taking!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Moments of good writing about a strange upbringing..BUT March 2 2014
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I feel a little mean as I write this, for Ruh's story is one of hope and she sounds as though she is a lovely human being. I enjoyed parts of the book, but found it repetitive in places and dragged a bit. As I got further into the book, the often repeated line of , "But we did not know this then" or some variation began to grate on me. So did the constant excuses for her mother's behavior to the point of absurdity. A mother who beats her child to get her to perform, who does not take her child out of a sport that is obviously killing her or could leave her crippled for life is NOT the perfect, most loving, wonderful mother anyone could ask for. I have no doubt of the love Ruh has for her mother or rhat her mother loved her, but this denial of the obvious bothered me. It took away from the rest of the story which really is a great story of triumph over great pain and suffering. I actually found the mother's chapter at the end to be more genuine, as I do believe she was sorrowful and regretted her behavior.

All in all, it was an okay book that sort of kept my interest for I am interested in skating and the world of skating. But it was an odd book and left me with more questions than answers. It sounds as though Ruh is doing well now and good for her. She has paid her dues and then some.